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Amos B. Smith III (born August 26, 1944) is an American chemist.

Amos B. Smith III
BornAugust 26, 1944 (1944-08-26) (age 74)
Alma materThe Rockefeller University
Known forTotal synthesis of natural products
AwardsPerkin Prize for Organic Chemistry, Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award
Scientific career
FieldsOrganic/Bioorganic/materials chemist, chemist
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania/Monell Chemical Senses Center
Doctoral advisorWilliam C. Agosta

He is most notable for his research in the total synthesis of complex natural product, as well as the chemistry of mammalian pheromones[1] and chemical communication.

He currently works at the Monell Chemical Senses Center[2] and holds the Rhodes-Thompson Professorship of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Chemistry.[3]

Amos B. Smith III is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the ESPCI ParisTech Scientific Council.[4]

In 2015, he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry "for his continued outstanding contributions to new organic reaction development, complex natural product total synthesis, and new small molecules for medicinal chemistry".[5]


  1. ^ Smith, Amos B. (1996). "Total Synthesis of (−)-Macrolactin A" (– Scholar search). Monell Chemical Senses Center; University of Pennsylvania: Journal of the American Chemical Society.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Scientific Staff". Monell Chemical Senses Center. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Smith Research Group". University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemistry. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  4. ^ ESPCI ParisTech ISC Archived November 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "RSC Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry 2015 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.

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